Wednesday 12 July, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Unity Theatre
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A dancer is crouched down with his head down and arms either side. The top of his head is visible. The stage is dark and the dancer is bathed in a green light.

Self-Entitlement is an autobiographical solo performance by Egyptian dancer Mahmoud El Haddad

Fusing Egyptian cabaret, dance and monologue, Self-Entitlement presents the narrative of an immigrant artist attempting to transition from a society that he never felt integrated in, to another that expects him to conform to pre-judgements based on his status.

Inspired by the artist’s own experiences moving from Egypt to France, the work explores the complexity of identity transitioning between different cultures, and the problems of categorising people using often prejudiced labels.

Both challenging and comedic, this intimate performance is a UK premiere.

Age rating: +16

This performance contains adult language and themes, and flashing images.


Mahmoud El Haddad is an Egyptian actor and dancer, based in Paris since 2018. In 2014, he founded his own theatre troupe “Act-two”, formerly known as “Hand-Made”. He has worked with big names from the Middle East and Europe such as Ahmed El-Attar, Thierry Niang, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Henri Jules Julien and others. He has participated in many international theatre festivals including Festival d’Avignon in official selection for the years 2015 and 2019.

Mahmoud is a co-founder of Liberacts for Arts, a non-profit organisation based in France that aims to create an artistic bridge between East and West by creating, developing and promoting art projects in all forms.

Production credits:

Created, written & performed by: Mahmoud El Haddad 
Assistant creator: Billy Ka
Scenographer: Khaled Alwarea 
Light designer: Alexia Alexi 
Video maker: Omar Manjouneh 
Compositor: Mohamed Bonga 
Costume designer: Benjamin Moreau 
Comedy co-writer: Anna Christ
Afro choreography: Soumaila Tounkara
Hip Hop choreography: Cleve Nitoumbi
Queer dance choreography: Suzanne Degennaro 
Production: Liberacts

Co-production: La Briqueterie CDCN. 

With the support of S.A.C.D (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), l’atelier des artistes en exil, Programme NORA “ACCR” and L’Abbaye aux Dames & Chateau de Goutelas, Le relais Pantin, La Pratique Vatan. 

Special thanks: Henri Jules Julien, Nicolas Ollier, Mirette Mechail, Natalie Pivain, Marik Renner, Dalia Naous, Younes Aznan Claire Verlet, Celine Gaubert, Karthika Nair and Fadi Idris.






Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG

Image: Courtesy of Mahmoud El Haddad.

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